Good evening! The Knicks play the Cavs tonight. Let's get to the updates:
Knicks say Melo and Kyle O'Quinn are both sitting out tonight vs the Cavs with sprained ankles. Merry Christmas!— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) December 23, 2015
Lance Thomas will start in Carmelo Anthony's place, and Melo sounds hopeful to be ready for the end of the week. Beating the best team in the East is a lot to ask of a team absent its best scorer AND its beardiest big man, but you never know. I expect Arron Afflalo to engage first-option mode, I hope Kristaps Porzingis feels comfortable gunning a bit, and ... well, I'm fascinated to see who else steps up.
Tip-off tonight is at 7:00 on MSG. This is your game thread. This is Fear the Sword. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in this thread. Please be nice to one another, and -- in game threads and all threads, really -- do your best to just ignore stupid and disruptive comments. Go the Knicks!